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Señoras De Taguan (Sigsig) Group
Sigsig, Azuay, Ecuador / Arts
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A loan helped to buy Panama hat palm leaves and chickens.
Señoras De Taguan (Sigsig) Group's story
The credit group “Señoras de Taguan” is made up of 8 working women who fight daily to improve the economic stability of their homes. They work at the jobs that their parents taught them from a young age, which are agriculture and animal husbandry, as well as the weaving of hats recognized worldwide. They live in the Sigsig district, a community that enjoys a lot of greenery; their fields are fertile and the hands of their people are very capable. One of the members of this group is Señora Elvia. She lives in the San Bartolo neighborhood of the Sigsig district. She is 41 years old, is married, and from her marriage she has 5 children, ages 21, 19, 15, 13, and 11. Her oldest daughter is already married and lives independently; her second child works and is the one who helps her financially. Her next two children study in school, and her last child is in the small local school. Her husband works everyday as a day laborer. The house she lives in is her own. Señora Elvia is a very hardworking and determined woman who is looking for a better future for her children and her entire family. She works weaving Panama hats, growing crops, and raising animals. These jobs allow her to be an economically independent person at the same time she is getting ahead with her family. She invested her previous loan in the purchase of chickens and feed for her animals, from which she earned profits. It was a big help for her family. She is repeating the loan because she wants to buy Panama hat palm leaves to make her hats and chickens to increase her sources of income. She likes her credit group because of the unity, solidarity, and companionship that exists among all the members. At the same time, the loans give them the opportunity to grow a little more each day. Her goal is to have more animals of a higher quality. The small photo is of a member who couldn’t be present when the group photo was taken.